3Soalso we, while we were children, were held1in bondageunder the a2elementalthings of the world.
But when3the fullness of the timecame, Godsentforth His Son, 4born of a woman, born5underbthe Law,
5so that He might redeemthose who were undercthe Law, that we might receive the adoption as 6sons.
6Because you are sons, 7God has sentforth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "8Abba ! Father !"
7Therefore you are nolonger a slave, but a son ; and 9if a son, then an heirdthroughGod.
8However at that time, 10when you did not knowGod, you were 11slaves to 12those which by nature are nogods.
But now that you have come to knowGod, orrather to be 13known by God, 14how is it that you turnbackagain to the weak and worthlesse15elementalthings, to which you desire to be enslavedalloveragain ?
You 16observedays and months and seasons and years.
I fear for you, that perhaps I have laboredfover you in vain.
I beg of you, 17brethren, 18become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me nowrong ;
but you know that it was because of a gbodilyillness that I preached the gospel to you the hfirsttime ;
and that which was a itrial to you in my jbodilycondition you did not despiseorkloathe, but 19you received me as an angel of God, as 20ChristJesus Himself.